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Ballyduff, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhic Giolla Dhuibh ‘McElduff''s townland’

Background

Ballyduff is a common place-name, appearing as the name of 20 townlands in Ireland. It typically derives from An Baile Dubh ‘the black townland’ (logainm.ie). However, most of the historical forms of Ballyduff in Carnmoney contain an additional component between baile and dubh. This element is most likely to be the surname particle Mac, which indicates that the second element here is not the common adjective dubh ‘black’, but the surname that derives from it. The surname Mac Giolla Dhuibh (which can be anglicised as Mac Ilduff, Mac Kilduff, Mac Elduff, Gulduff and Duff) means ‘black’ or ‘black haired’ (MacLysaght  1957, 165).

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Bally-Imulduffe1604CPR Jas I 49a
Ballimulouff1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 47
Ballymulduffe1608CPR Jas I 120b
Bally-Imulduffe1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Ballymulduffe1621CPR Jas I 523b
Ballynnilduffe1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
BallymcElduffe Towneland1669HMR Ant. 27
B:duff1780Lendrick Map
~Baile Dubh ""black town""1828J O'D (OSNB) A16
~""black town""1869Joyce i 538 (ind.)
Baile Dubh ""Black Town""1934Magill's Antrim 66
Baile Mhic Giolla Dhuibh ""McElduff''s townland""61NIPNP replies PMcK/GMcC
Barony
Belfast Lower
Parish
Carnmoney
Parish in 1851
Carnmoney
Townland
None
Place name ID
6483
Place name type
T